By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Brit Floyd is embarking on a tour across the United States once again this year, and on March 5 they’ll kick off that tour in Johnstown’s Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
“This is the fourth year in a row that we’ll be hosting them, and they not only come for a concert, but they also stay for a week and do their rehearsals here,” arena General Manager Tom Grenell said. “They’ve really become friends who have definitely made Johnstown not only a place to play a concert, but a real destination. We couldn’t be happier.”
Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show,” Brit Floyd’s performance celebrates Pink Floyd’s acclaimed discography. They play a variety of popular songs and lesser-known gems from albums such as “Dark Side of the Moon,” “The Wall” and “Wish You Were Here,” to name a few.
“People don’t understand how good this is. These guys are of the skill level that you would find at (Pittsburgh’s) Consol Energy Center. They are professionals,” Grenell said.
“What has really been neat about this show is that it’s one of our most requested shows and the tagline is, ‘Once you see it once, you will see it every year.’ It becomes something you look forward to. I can’t encourage people enough to just sample it and see what they think because they will not be disappointed at all.”
The band includes Damian Darlington (musical director, guitar, vocals), Rob Stringer (keyboards, vocals), Ian Cattell (bass guitar, vocals), Bobby Harrison (guitar, vocals), Carl Brunsdon (saxophones, percussion, bass guitar), Arran Ahmun (drums), Thomas Ashbrook (keyboards, vocals), Ola Bienkowska (backing vocals), Emily Jollands (backing vocals) and Jacquie Williams (backing vocals). Gareth Darlington serves as Brit Floyd’s sound designer and front-of-house engineer, and Bryan Kolupski as the media director for animation and video.
“Expect a total sensory immersion with this show,” Grenell said. “You literally can’t just sit there — you get sucked into it. It’s one of the best concert experiences you’re going to find here all year. What you gain with Brit Floyd is a musical experience that is just irreplaceable. I would say to the casual rock ‘n’ roll fan, come try it out, even if you’re skeptical.
“There’s not a bad seat in the house. The members of Brit Floyd are playing for the love of the music, and that’s why this show resonates so well.”
Following the performance in Johnstown, Brit Floyd will travel across the country through the end of July. Grenell said he’s thrilled that their adventure once again starts in Johnstown.
“This is special — for us and for them,” he said.